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Graduate of Delhi’s prestigious SRCC, Amal Sinha is a Chartered and Cost Account with more than 25 years of rich experience under his belt. His deep understanding transcends manufacturing and service sectors with expertise in areas like Corporate Finance, Strategy Planning, Budgetary and Financial Control, Audits (of various kinds), Regulatory Affairs, Indian Accounting Standards and Power Distribution.
After working for Escorts Ltd for 15 years (and L&T Group before that), Amal joined BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) in 2006 as the head of the company’s business process re engineering group, followed by its CFO overseeing areas of functional finance and accounts. Subsequently, he was elevated as Director Finance.
Since 2016, he has been working as the CEO of BRPL – a joint venture between Reliance Infrastructure Limited and the Delhi Government – and having revenues in excess of Rs 10,000 crore. He, supported by a workforce of around 10,000, is responsible for supplying reliable electricity to around over 25 lakh consumers in South and West Delhi.
Sanjay Kumar Banga is the current President of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL). A power sector veteran with Twenty-seven years of experience in power Generation and Distribution. Mr. Sanjay Kumar Banga has been with TPDDL since July 2003. He brings with him extensive learning in Generation and Distribution operations, Selection and deployment of automation technologies for strengthening of electricity utilities to enable them to meet reliability and AT & C loss reduction target under regulatory controls. This learning, garnered through association with leading power electricity utilities in India equips him well to tackle the enormous challenges of electricity business at Delhi.
As, Vice president & Chief of Business development, Power System control, Power management, and contracts his core responsibilities are business development, Power procurement, Network Planning and Management, Engineering, Contracts &Materials Management, etc. He is Part of initial group who transformed ailing Distribution Company and now intimately involved in transforming TPDDL to become a benchmark utility by leveraging smart grid technology. The tasks at hand are optimization of CAPEX by efficient network planning & engineering, improving project Engineering and contract management by setting in place world class systems & processes. Mr. Banga firmly believes that difference between a company and competitor is the ability to execute and leader should be involved in execution as much as he involves himself in strategy planning.
Prior to joining TPDDL, Mr. Banga was with Reliance Energy (earlier known as BSES Ltd) from 1996 to July 2003, he was associated with almost the entire spectrum of Generation activity which includes Operation, Maintenance and project engineering at increasing levels of responsibility. He started his career with NTPC after graduation as engineering trainee and was in Operation & commissioning of super thermal power project from 1989 to 1995. His deep knowledge of technology & operational issues of Power sector makes him a regular speaker in seminars/workshops/panel discussions in India and abroad.
Mr. Banga is an alumnus of the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra. He has done Management in Business administration from Faculty of Management studies (FMS), Delhi. He is Member of Bureau of Indian standard (BIS) LITD10 core committee for defining standards for power system control and communication and he is Member of India Smart grid Task force.
Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of Innovation at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This involves coordinating across the EPRI research sectors in areas of Technology Innovation as well as developing and implementing strategy for international coordination around all areas of innovation. Important areas of focus include EPRI’s public Thought Leadership presence, government research coordination and new technology demonstrations and challenges.
He has authored more than 70 technical papers and articles on topics ranging from power quality to insulation coordination of extra high-voltage (EHV) systems. His is an IEEE Fellow and in 2014 received the Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award for his expertise and dedication to power engineering standards development.
He is a co-author of the book, Electrical Power Systems Quality, now in its third edition, the premier textbook on power quality and compatibility since its initial release in 1996. He is a member of the executive committee of the CIGRE U.S. National Committee and Vice Chairman of the CIRED U.S. National Committee.
Mark has been with EPRI since 2003. He led EPRI research in the smart grid area and coordinated closely with government smart grid demonstrations and other efforts around the world. Prior to joining EPRI, McGranaghan was Vice President at Electrotek Concepts (1988-2003) and a Manager at McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (1978-1988).
Mark has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Rahul Tongia is a Senior Fellow with CSEP in New Delhi, where his work focuses on technology and policy, especially for sustainable development. He leads the Energy, Natural Resources, and Sustainability group at CSEP, and is also active in broader issues of technology. Tongia’s work spans the entire gamut of energy and electricity, with focuses on supply options including renewable energy (covering finance, grid integration, etc.); smart grids, which use innovative information and communications technology to improve management of the electric utility grid; issues of access and quality; and broader issues of reforms and regulations, including electricity pricing. He is also a non- resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and helped found and was Technical Advisor for the Government of India’s Smart Grid Task Force. He is also Founding Advisor of ISGF, and works closely with discoms, states, and the central government on technology and policy, esp. for smart grids, clean technology, and sustainable development.
Ms. Karen Klimowski is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service and assumed the duties as the Indo-Pacific Coordinator at USAID India in April 2019. Prior to her assignment in India, Ms. Klimowski served as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID in Manila, Philippines; Kampala, Uganda; Nairobi, Kenya; and Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Klimowski worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she served in a variety of roles, including as senior technical advisor seconded to the World Health Organization, Africa Regional Office, in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she worked with 46 WHO African Member countries to develop health policies; and as Deputy Director of the Global AIDS Program in Lilongwe, Malawi. Additionally, Ms. Klimowski was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone. In addition to her U.S. government work, Ms. Klimowski worked for non- governmental organizations and California County governments. She received her Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University and Bachelor of Arts in Physiology from the University of California, San Diego. She is from Santa Cruz, California.
Richard Schomberg is IEC Ambassador for Smart Energy (www.IEC.ch).Recipient of the IEC 2011 Lord Kelvin award, he designed multimillion euros complex systems for critical operations. He has been Professor of System Engineering at Supelec (Paris), Chair of the Intelligrid Strategy Committee (Electric Power Research Institute – recipient of the Chauncey Starr Award 2005). He has been member of the Technology Advisory Board of Southern California Edison, emeritus member of the US DoE Gridwise Architecture Council. He had the responsibility of EDF R&D activities in North America (strategic partnerships with scientific/industrial players), sourcing and transferring innovations to EDF Group in Europe. He is currently in charge of strategy and Smart Energy Standardization activities coordination across EDF.
Jean-Michel Glachant is the Director of the Florence School of Regulation and the Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair, since 2008.Glachant took his Ph.D. in economics at La Sorbonne in France. He worked in the industry and private sector before becoming professor at La Sorbonne.
He has been advisor of DG TREN, DG COMP and DG RESEARCH at the European Commission and of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He has been a coordinator and scientific advisor of several European research projects. He is a research partner in the CEEPR at MIT (USA), the EPRG at Cambridge University. Jean-Michel Glachant has been the first editor-in-chief of EEEP: “Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy” (an IAEE journal) and is Vice-President of both the French and the International Association for Energy Economics.
His main research interests are the building of a common European energy policy (security of supply, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy technology policy, and climate change policy), the achievement of the European energy internal market (design, regulation and competition policy), the industrial organization and market strategy of energy companies in a wave of innovation (decarbonisation, decentralisation, and digitalisation).
Divya Rajagopal is an Associate Partner in IBM’s Automation Global Innovation Unit responsible for the India South Asia market. Divya has more than 21 years of professional experience in architecture, consulting and delivery with a sustained track record of driving innovation and helping businesses build a cost effective, customer oriented and resilient operating model.
Apurva Chaturvedi is currently working as Senior Clean Energy Specialist in the Indo Pacific Office, USAID/India. She has over 12 years of experience in clean energy and power sector. She has the experience of designing and managing several clean energy programs at USAID. Her area of expertise is strategy formulation and program design & management. She is currently leading the smart grids, distribution reforms and energy efficiency portfolio of USAID’s clean energy program in India.
Dr Anshu Bharadwaj was a member of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS, 1992 batch, Karnataka cadre). He worked in the state government in various capacities. In 2007, he joined as Executive Director of Centre of Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) and helped establish CSTEP as a leading technology policy Think Tank. He functioned as ED of CSTEP till 2020. He has expertise in technology and policy aspects of energy and environmental sectors. He is a member of several government committees in these areas.
He holds a PhD from the Departments of Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Piittsburgh, USA. He also has a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Mahesh Patankar provides analytical and research support to RAP’s India team on wholesale market design, innovation in tariff design, and integration of electric vehicles and renewables into the grid. He also advises the team on strategic engagements with stakeholders in Indian states, including governments, utilities, regulators, think tanks, and civil society.
Before assuming the additional role of senior advisor, Dr. Patankar developed and nurtured a niche advisory service providing cutting-edge solutions on policy, financing, and implementation in the electricity, transportation, and smart built environments. He advises the World Bank Group on water conservation in agriculture, urban, and industrial settings through leading a multi-stakeholder platform that includes the public and private sectors and civil society.
He has worked for state regulators in India as a staff consultant and for the International Institute of Energy Conservation think tank, the Asian Institute of Technology, and companies in India’s energy and environment domains. He has extensive international work experience, primarily providing energy and environmental solutions to energy economies in Southeast Asia and the southern Pacific islands and intermittently in Africa and the Mideast.
Dr. Patankar holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering (1991) from Shivaji University, a master’s in financial management (1997) from the University of Mumbai, and a doctorate (2006) from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where he focused on transitions to alternative public transportation strategies linking policies and implementation.
He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Marathi and likes to test his skills at Thai.
Anurag is a Senior Principal with more than 16 years of experience in Strategy Development, Operations Improvement, Sales and Marketing transformation and Program Management. He has worked with private and public companies in six countries including India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia.
In his current assignment, Anurag is leading large scale transformational programs in areas such as AT&C loss reduction, Meter-to-Cash cycle transformation, smart meters and technology enablement for some of the state and private utilities in India.
Anurag is a certified Smart Grid Maturity Model Navigator from SEI, USA and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate. Anurag completed M.S. in Data Communications Engineering from University of Sheffield, UK and B.E. (Electronics and Communications) from State College of Engineering, Haryana.
Mr. Anand Kumar has taken over as Chairperson, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission on 5th April, 2016. Before joining Gujarat State, he has served the State of Meghalaya as Chairperson-ERC and State of Uttarakhand as Electricity Regulator. He holds a post-graduate degree in Finance Management and Graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Roorkee. He has also done Advanced Software Programming Course from Hitachi, Japan and training in Economics Regulation from National Regulatory Research Institute, at Ohio University USA. He has more than 36 years of experience in the Power Sector of which 18 years of experience has been at Regulations, Reforms and Restructuring in the Power sector. Out of some key assignments, was his association in Unbundling and Restructuring of the power sector in Uttar Pradesh and assignments at Regulatory Commissions of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya.
With an educational background of B Tech in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Computer Science from Jadavpur University at Kolkata, also studied on Business Analytics & Intelligence (AI & Machine Learning with Predictive Analytics) at Great Lakes Institute.
Worked in 2 successful Utilities in India, CESC & TPDDL. Has working Experience of more than 23 Years across the Power Distribution Value Chain right from Power Procurement & Management, Network Operation Maintenance and Construction (Project Commissioning) and Customer Services i.e. Revenue, Complaint Management etc. Worked in implementation on all the associated Information Technologies & Operational Technologies like SAP, AMR, SCADA- DMS-OMS, and Substation & Distribution Automation, Smart grid Technologies (Smart Metering- AMI-MDM, Field Force Automation, and Auto Demand Response etc.).
Currently working on making more intelligent Utility Work Processes through Digitalization based on AI-ML, IoT and Big Data integration. Works also as Consultant for Other Utilities within India and abroad representing TPDDL.
Mr. Dwijadas Basak is the Chief – Commercial of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited - Public Private Partnership (Joint Venture) between Tata Power and the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi and Non-Executive Director of Tata Power – Ajmer Distribution Limited.
Mr Basak has three decades of experience in Power Distribution Utility. He spearheaded strategy, Information Technology (Especially SAP – ISU implementation in Commercial Function), Business Process Re-Engineering, Operations, Commercial and organizational development in his preceding roles.
Mr. Basak has worked in various Power Distribution Utilities in India and abroad. He joined Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited in the year 2003 and has worked in various verticals of the Company over a period of 17 years and presently heading the Commercial and Social Innovation Group. He is a regular speaker in different industrial forums and seminars on future of utility/Smart Meters. He is an Electrical Engineer from, Shibpur B.E. College, Calcutta University and also a fellow member of Institute of Engineers (India) and has also done an advanced certification programme in Leadership Skills organized by IIM- Bangalore.
Mr. Ganesh Srinivasan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited. The company is a Public Private Partnership (Joint Venture) between Tata Power and the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, supplying electricity to a populace of over 7 million in North Delhi.
He brings with him two decades of experience in areas like power utility, infrastructure (cement, steel), automotive, product development & manufacturing. He spearheaded strategy, operations, transformation & organizational development in his preceding roles. In his previous stint, Mr. Srinivasan was the Chief - Transmission & Distribution, Tata Power, Mumbai and has also served there as the Head Strategy & Corporate Planning Division. He has been with Tata Power since September 2012.
Mr. Srinivasan started his career with Cummins Inc. and has also worked with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is a regular speaker at the industry forums and seminars where he champions the cause of developing ‘Utilities of the Future’ with sustainability and strategic planning at the core. He is a B Tech from IIT Madras, an MBA from The Indian School of Business and holds a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, USA.
Mr. Subir Verma is a Writer, Speaker, HR Leader and start up mentor. He is an Engineer & Management post graduate from XIM, Bhubaneswar. He is currently working as Head HR & IR for Tata Power DDL. In a career spanning over 22 years, he has worked in Information Technology, Telecom, Retail, Financial and Manufacturing sectors. He has previously worked as Head HR Business at Tata Power, Director HR at Tata Communications, CHRO at Augure, General Manager at Reliance Communication and Reliance Industries Limited.
He has authored many articles for The Times of India, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Competition Success Review, Silicon India, HR Katha and magazines.
He has been conferred with CHRO of the year 2019 award by World HR Forum, HR Leader of People’s choice by Business World for year 2020, Best TA Person by Hindustan Times and Power of Idea Winner by The Economic Times.
He is also a part of CII’s Committee of Industrial Relation, Advisory Board of ISM, Patna, TM University (UP), admission panel for Fore School of Management and advisory board for Atal Innovation Committee (Nalanda) under Start up India program of Government of India.
Arun Kumar Verma was the former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India. He looked after the distribution reforms and schemes like DDUGJY, IPDS, UDAY, National Smart Grid Mission, including REC & PFC in the country. Before this he was looking after Hydro and related matters. He has specialization in distribution reforms in power sector, energy management, rehabilitation of stressed projects, grid modernization, multilateral environmental negotiations, sustainable development, participatory management of natural resource and economic reforms. Under his stewardship as Managing Director during 2008-11 the Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited (UGVCL)- a Government owned power distribution company, has won the first prize at IEEMA Power Award 2009, India Power Awards 2009 & 2010 for best rural Electrical utility and demand side management, and ICWAI Award 2010 for Cost Management. Government of India awarded UGVCL the Gold Shield of Power Sector for the best performance of 2010-11, under his stewardship. He is an Indian Forest Service Officer of 1986 batch borne on Gujarat cadre. He has done his M.Sc in Physics and also holds M.Sc. in Forestry. He holds a doctorate on the Impact of Policy Change on Tribal Development. He did his Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and has done dissertation on Indian Environmental Diplomacy. He was awarded Rashtriya Gaurav Award for his meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role in 2009 by the India International Friendship Society, New Delhi.
Praveer Sinha is the CEO & Managing Director of The Tata Power Company Limited (TPC, Mumbai), India’s largest power Integrated company with a significant International presence. The Company has its presence in all the segments of power sector viz. Fuel & logistics, Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Trading. It is one of the largest renewable energy companies in India and has developed the country’s first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology.
Mr. Sinha has nearly 34 years of experience in Generation and Distribution sector. He has been responsible for developing and setting up Greenfield and Brownfield Power plants in India and abroad. Apart from this, he has actively contributed in bringing about huge socio-economic development and empowerment programs for youth and children in these project sites. Prior to becoming the CEO & Managing Director of The Tata Power Company Limited, he has served as the CEO&MD of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a Public Private Partnership (JV) of Tata Power and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi fromApril’2012 to April’2018.The company has a registered consumer base of 1.68 million and reaches out to 7 million consumers in North and North West part of Delhi through its services.
Position/ Department/ Division/ Institution / Organization:
Additional Vice President and Head Renewable, DSM & EE and Energy Analytics, BRPL , India Head Power Scheduling (System Operator for the Utility), BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, A Power Distribution Licensee & a JV company of Reliance Infrastructure and Govt. of Delhi, India
Abhishek has about two decades of experience in Power and Information Technology sectors in India. He started his career with Infosys Technologies Limited, an IT company based in India, where he worked on development of enterprise applications for a major US utility and a technology MNC. He is currently leading a team in the areas of Energy Efficiency & Demand Side Management, Renewable Integration and Rooftop Solar, grid level Energy Storage solutions, EV charging infrastructure, Power scheduling & demand forecasting and Energy Analytics at BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), New Delhi. BRPL serves over 2.4 Million consumers over an area of 750 sq. Km in Southern and Western parts of national capital Territory of Delhi, India. BRPL is agile to India’s climate change goals and has made concerted efforts to align its operation with nation’s goals through several green initiatives e.g. transition of its power portfolio with ~20% of renewable share in capacity terms, DSM & EE initiatives, promotion of grid connected DERs, other non-wired alternatives like grid level battery storage etc.
Key initiatives undedtaken:
1. Launched community Rooftop Solar initiative (BRPL Solar City Initiative – focussed on residential sector) launched in Jan ’18. Over 1400 RTS net-metered connection as on date (~ 46 MWp) and counting.
2. Behavioural Energy Efficiency Program covering over 2 Lakh residential consumers in progress in partnership with Oracle Utilities commenced – first of its kind in India.
3. Launched Student Awareness program (Energy Wise Energy Rise) focussed on Climate change, Pollution and its mitigation, RE integration and energy conservation, covering about 0.1 Million students of Delhi Govt. Schools in partnership with TERI
4. Undertaking several Energy conservation and efficiency programs for consumers including Efficient cooling and lighting solutions, solar powered energy efficient pumps (grid connected), non-wired alternatives for meeting peak demand e.g. grid level battery storage in license area and faster roll out of EV charging infrastructure for public fleet as well as private owners of EV.
5. Managing Day ahead and Intra-Day (real time) power scheduling for the license area while following cost-effective multi-source power procurement strategy.BRPL met ~3100 MW peak demand in 2018.
6. Effective Statistical Demand Forecast model development for accurate prediction of day ahead demand thereby ensuring prudent procurement strategies.
7. In his earlier assignments, Abhishek has worked on Detailed Project Reports covering power project economics & financing/techno-commercial aspects, Power potential study, tariff analysis and financial closure of Hydro renewable projects in Indian Himalayan states of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Areas of expertise
Power Demand forecasting and power management (system operation functions), Capacity Building & implementation of Rooftop Solar, DSM and Energy efficiency interventions for a Utility, Consumer Outreach and management.
Abhishek is a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Bhopal and PGDM(GM) from XLRI Jamshedpur.
Jitendra Nalwaya is having professional experience more than 25 years in various organisation across India mainly in Power Sector. He is an Electrical & Electronics Engineer from Manipal with an added qualification of General Management from Indian institute of Management, Lucknow. Presently Jitendra is handling Sustainability and Clean Technology vertical in a Power Distribution Utility. Jitendra has also gained major experience in handling Power Distribution operations/ Transformation in Government/ Private Licensee/ Franchisee operations. He is having professional experience in the field of Commercial, O&M and Project Management in Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure sector and handling P&L of a large organisation having multi city operations. He has also handled organisation strategic issues/ planning of change management including organisation transformation.
Narayana Birakayala is the Capture Business Development Lead in India and has been with AISPL since October 2016. Narayana comes with nineteen years of industry experience including ~10 years working as Senior General Manager at National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) where he advised state and central governments including Ministry of Home Affairs (CCTNS), Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA21) and Ministry of Defence (Army Ordnance Corps - AOC) on various technology transformation programs. He has also worked with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to create the cloud empanelment framework for Cloud Service Providers (CSP).
He has a MBA, IIM Ahmedabad, 2006-07; MS, University of Akron, Ohio 1997-99 and B.Tech, Osmania University, India 1993-97
Ajay Kaul heads the States & Local Govt. India business for Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd. He is an accomplished leader with more than two decades of multifaceted experience in the IT Industry.
He played a pivotal role in technology adaption across Public Sector, Education & Healthcare domain and provided strategic guidance to help customers achieve Scalable, Agile, Secure & highly Optimized solutions.
With his Vision and thought leadership, he has incubated many businesses in large enterprises for policy implementation, operational excellence and Industry partnerships.
Prior to AISPL, Ajay was associated with Dell Technologies as Director & GM (Govt. business) and spent around 15 years, executing various leadership roles with success & has been instrumental in enabling Digital transformation roadmap for customers.
Since 2014, I was in charge of origination, scouting and screening of distribution and transmission business opportunities worldwide, both for new market entry and growth, as well as of M&A deal execution and management.
In almost 30 years within Enel Group, working in Latin America, Spain and Italy, I have built a strong and multi-functional background, being responsible for coordinating strong and multi- functional teams within areas reaching from regulatory and antitrust affairs, or energy management, up to analysis and business development.
My expertise covers all the energy value chain: from generation to transmission, power interconnectors, distribution and retail markets. I'm a a Civil, Industrial and Electric Engineer (Universidad Pontificia Catolica de Chile), and I hold a Master in Business Management (Universidad Navarra, Spain).
Alongside my management career, I have taught Regulation and Energy Management as professor in many Universities and Business schools for almost 15 years.
With over 19 years of work experience, Deepti is focussing on strategic initiatives for India PS. Current focus areas are smart infrastructure (cities, utilities and transport), digital agriculture and GovTech program. She has been with AWS since July 2018.
Prior to this, Deepti has led smart cities initiative at Microsoft and IBM Global Business Services. She has handled business development, ecosystem development and delivery roles around smart cities in these organizations.
In between her corporate jobs, Deepti has done a 3-years stint with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), GoI, where she was part of the strategy team to roll out the Aadhaar project. As part of UIDAI’s Program Management Unit, Deepti was involved in conceptualizing and setting up strategy, processes and polices for enrolments, authentication, data updates, eKYC etc. She program managed rollout of Aadhaar online authentication services and liaised with ecosystem, designed and executed various Proof of Concepts and pilots to evolve the same.
Venu Nuguri is Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ India Managing Director, Region Head, South Asia and Member of Executive Team. He has been the Managing Director of India since December 2019 and Head of the South Asia region since January 2016.
Venu joined ABB Power Grids in 1995 and accumulated over 25 years of experience across Business Units in the company. This has included several leadership positions in sales, marketing, account management, business development, customer relations and operations.
Venu has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, and he has also attended management courses at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and International Institute of Management Development, Switzerland.
Shri Sanjeev Nandan Sahai assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Power here today. Prior to this, he was serving as the Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power. Shri Sahai is a UT cadre IAS officer of 1986 batch. He has also served as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Power from May,2018 to July, 2019.
Along with these Shri Sahai has held several other important positions in the Union as well as State Governments. These included (Additional Secretary equivalent) and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Principal Secretary in the Home Department, Chairman and MD of Delhi Transport Corporation, Secretary-cum-Commissioner Transport for Delhi Government, Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board, Finance Secretary in the Government of NCT of Delhi, Home Secretary etc.
Arun Kumar Mishra is Director, NPMU, established as part of National Smart Grid Mission, MoP. He also serves as Vice Chair of ISGAN which is a Technology Collaboration Program of IEA. Arun has more than 34 years of experience, predominantly in What, Why and How for power systems ICT solutions. He is distinguished member of CIGRÉ India – Committee on “Information Systems and Tele-communications” and BIS Sectional Committee of LITD10 for “Power System Control and Associated Communications”. Arun is Electrical Engineering Graduate from NIT, Kurukshetra, has Advance Diploma in Management and is certified ISMS lead auditor.
Kapil Mohan is an MBA with further qualifications in International Marketing. He has also completed Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. He has been awarded prestigious Eisenhower fellowship, McNamara, fellowship and is also a LEAD fellow. He belongs to 1990 batch of Indian Administrative Service. He is presently serving as Principal Secretary, Infrastructure Development Department and as Director General of Administrative Institute, Mysore. He has extensive experience in promoting infrastructure on public private partnership basis and has served in Energy, Water Resources sectors both at Central and State governments.
Bikash Dewan is on the board of Dhaka Electric Supply Co., Ltd. and Managing Director at Dhaka Power Distribution Co. Ltd. Mr. Dewan previously was Chief Engineer at Bangladesh Power Development Board. Mr. Dewan received an undergraduate degree from Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology.
Sylvain Jouhanneau graduated from Mines de Nancy, a French top 10 engineering universities and has been strengthening his expertise in the operation of electricity distribution networks within the EDF Group for ten years. He specialized in the development of smart grids, automation solutions and smart metering.
Maintenance and operation of primary electrical substations Sylvain Jouhanneau joined EDF group in 2009. He started managing an electricity maintenance team. He was then responsible for 18 High Voltage / Medium Voltage transformers.
Managing a Network Remote Operations Control Center Sylvain Jouhanneau was promoted to Director of the Regional Control Center for the eastern part of the Paris region. He was also in charge of promoting innovation in the region. The digital solutions - including Linky smart meter French program - he implemented helped reduce the SAIDI index (average annual outage time) from 37 minutes in 2013 to 34 minutes in 2015.
An international project director In 2016, Sylvain Jouhanneau joined EDF International Networks. He brought his expertise in smart grids to around twenty projects in 10 different countries. He works in particular in Latin America, carrying out the roadmap for the development of a smart meter program in Peru.
Since March 2019, he has been working in India and is Enedis (French Distribution System Operator) representative for IElectrix migrogrid demonstration in partnership with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited. He is also Project Director for Installation, Integration, Operation and Maintenance of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Solution for 5 million Smart Electricity Meters with GPRS- based Communication Module for EESL
Gaurav Bhatiani is a senior energy and infrastructure expert with 24 years of experience in leadership, management, technical, and advisory positions across South Asia. Dr. Bhatiani specializes in power sector reform, infrastructure development and utility transformation. He has an extensive track record of managing large and interdisciplinary teams in energy sector reform, power trading, renewable energy, energy efficiency, business planning, investment analysis, and infrastructure financing.
At RTI, Dr. Bhatiani leads implementation of projects across sustainable development, RE, and utility turnaround in Energy, Environment, and Innovation. He is currently developing an innovative employee engagement model for a leading power distribution company in India. His current work also includes enhancing sustainability of Indian cities by finding policy, regulatory and market-based solutions for challenges such as management of construction and demolition waste, plastic waste, amongst others.
Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Bhatiani worked with the private sector during the last decade where he advised and strategized multi-billion-dollar energy and infrastructure projects, developed new businesses, conducted performance reviews and provided policy inputs to Governments and regulators across South Asia. He led teams working on investment analysis, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions worth over $15B across the energy and associated infrastructure sectors.
Dr. Bhatiani also has deep expertise in development sector from his work in USAID/India as the Principal Energy Specialist between 2003-2010, where he managed large and complex programs in power sector reform, DSM, electricity distribution, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
Dr. Bhatiani also serves as an expert faculty member and teaches regularly at leading business schools, such as the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is an accomplished author that has published several papers and articles. He is also a Member of several industry bodies such as CII’s National Power Committee.
Mr. P. Neogi is an engineering graduate from Jadavpur University and holds a diploma in finance and accounting management. He has attended the Senior Executive Programme on Strategy, Leadership and Transformation at the London Business School.
Mr. Neogi has had a long experience in power and coal sectors with exposure to policy, reforms, regulation and organisational design, having worked with CESC Limited and as Chief Executive, Noida Power Company Limited. Subsequently, he has served as President, Integrated Coal Mining Limited, which undertakes captive coal mining for CESC’s generating plants. Currently as Chief Adviser – Corporate Affairs of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, he is assisting Group Companies in policy and regulatory matters impacting individual businesses.
Mr. Neogi is acting as Mentor, FICCI Power Committee. His areas of interest include policy and regulation for developing fuel and power markets, power distribution reforms and decarbonisation initiatives.
Shalabh Srivastava is the Country Director of RTI International India, a wholly owned subsidiary of RTI International, USA. An expert in electricity distribution, he drives our strategies in the energy sector, as well as provides technical and business leadership to sectors across Health, Water and Sanitation.
Mr. Srivastava joined RTI in 2017 after two decades of experience as a management consultant at Accenture India, building the firm’s practice in the power vertical. He led the delivery of major projects in the distribution sector for private and government utility clients. His current role leverages his background in power distribution reforms and turnaround, off-grid distributed renewable energy, business process design and re-engineering, organization design and restructuring, and performance improvement for large and complex businesses. In recent times, Mr. Srivastava has supported certain state DISCOMs in AT&C loss reduction, monitoring and evaluation of Utility Turnaround, and energy audit.
Mr. Srivastava is a well-known public speaker, proficient in English and Hindi. A board member of the Indian Smart Grid Forum, he co-authored the 2016 Update to Smart Grid Roadmap for India.
Mr. Vishal Kapoor holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from IRIMEE Jamalpur and also a Master of Public Administration from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He has previously worked with the Ministry of Railways, India.
He currently is a Director at Ministry of Power, coordinating power sector schemes of IPDS, NEF, smart grids for smart cities and piloting Distribution reforms.He is involved in the UDAY scheme for financial and operational turnaround of DISCOM. He also coordinates with PFC for day today and perspective planning at the ministerial level.
Mr. Tatsuya IZUTSU, is the general manager of Technology and Product Development Division of NISSIN ELECTRIC CO. DTD.
Mr. Izutsu joined the NISSIN ELECTRIC in 1994. He has worked in the field of micro grid systems, centered on photovoltaic power generation systems and storage battery systems for 26 years.
During his career, He has been engaged in the following projects.
a. Development of Solar Power Generation System for Syowa Station, Antarctica
b. Kyoto Eco-Energy Project/Demonstrative Research Project for New Electric Power Network System
c. Flywheel System Stabilization Project in Hateruma Island, Japan
d. In order to increase the electrification rate and improve the efficiency of the power distribution business in India, he has conducted research on practical application of micro substation in India since 2018.
Gary Lawrence began his career in 1997 and has over 20 years in Electro –intensive businesses, leading teams and organizations. His career at Schneider Electric began in 2014 where he lead the global E-house business based in Singapore. In 2015 his scope extended and he took on the role of Global Major Pursuits and lead the Regional Application Center for APAC.
He was named in his current position in January 2020 where he leads the strategic direction and customers of Utilities, core to this is the empowerment of Digitization and green sustainable energy.
Prior to joining Schneider Electric Gary lead large electrification projects in
Gary spent 6 years in the Royal Australian Airforce and has an MBA from the University of New South Wales.
Dr. G. Ganesh Das is a PhD in the area of Strategic Marketing & Consumer Behaviour from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, Post Graduate in Management and LLB from University of Delhi besides having an executive qualification on Export Management from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He is a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and Honorary Fellow at the Centre of Urban Energy in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Sciences, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Professional experience spans around 32 years in the area of Technology Management, Collaborations & Partnership Development, Strategy Planning, Innovation Management, Consumer Management, Digital & Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management, Business and Market Development, customer relationship management in the area of Power, Smart Grid, Technology, Solar Renewables, Electric Vehicles Infrastructure, Automotive, Services across international geographies. Has done significant researches in the areas of consumer behaviour and strategy with papers written on the subject in international Journals. He has also co-authored a book ‘Aesthetics in Marketing’ published by Sage Publications, Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore.
He was the part of the global team involved in conceptualizing, development and enablement of “Smart Grid Maturity Model” (SGMM) whose rights now rests with Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Carnegie Mellon University (USA). One of his key areas of interest is looking at how changing technologies derives from and improves quality of consumer life with papers published in the areas of energy management technologies and strategies in the demand side management of energy. He has presented papers and participated in panel discussions in more than 50 international conference in relation to electricity distribution, energy and Smart Grid including Electric Vehicles and Renewables.
He is also involved in policy advocacy with multiple stakeholders such as NITI Aayog, Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Heavy Industry and Bureau of Indian Standards to develop regulations and framework for the optimised integration of the emerging technologies to the current network system.
He is also a member of the teams working on developing solutions to integrate futuristic technologies such as Utility level storage systems, Micro Grid Systems, Home Automation Systems, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure and Renewable Power Systems for the power distribution companies. The primary objective of the integrated solution is to build a scalable and cost effective model for the DISCOMs.
He is been with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) since 2005, and has held positions as Head of Consumer Accreditation Cell, Head of Strategy and Performance Management, founded and headed Smart Grid Group and rolled out one of the country’s first Advanced Metering Infrastructure with Auto Demand Response Project and a comprehensive Smart Grid Technology Roadmap for TPDDL. Until recently he was heading Strategy, Business Excellence, Collaborations and Digital & Business Intelligence. He presently holds position of Head Collaborations, Innovation and R&D at TPDDL.
He is the Chief Operating Officer of the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC). CEIIC is an initiative of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in collaboration with Tata Trusts, Tata Power, and Tata Power DDL. CEIIC has a mandate to catalyse disruption in the energy technology space by supporting ventures, start-ups, and innovators through incubation where we provide technical and commercial expertise, state of the art lab facilities through Tata ecosystem and our partners in academia, and seed funding for early stage start-ups. CEIIC is designed to provide state-of-the- art lab facilities and world class infrastructure, strong strategy and go-to- market support, mentorship by a curated set of the most qualified experts, specialists and sector leaders, access to test beds on the ground for trials and field testing, a gateway to a diverse and large investor ecosystem, soft landing assistance for innovations wishing to become involved in the energy ecosystem; and assistance for innovations seeking to expand in India.
Subir Verma is Head HR & IR at Tata Power DDL
• Engineer & MBA with 22 years of experience
• Previously worked as Director (HR) at Tata Communications
• CHRO at Augure
• General Manager at Reliance Comm & Reliance Industries Limited.
Authored articles for
• The Times of India
• Indian Express
• Hindustan Times
• Competition Success Review
• Silicon India
• HR magazine
• People’s Champion of the year by Business World, 2020
• CHRO of the Year by World HRD Congress, 2019
• Best TA Person by Hindustan Times
• Power of Idea Winner by The Economic Times.
On Board of:
• Atal Innovation Committee (Nalanda) under Start up India
• CII Committee of Industrial Relation (WR)
• Admission panel for Fore School of Business
Mr. Juan Marco enrolled in E.DSO seconded by I-DE as Senior Technical Advisor in May 2018, and became Principal Director in November 2019. Juan provides support in all technical and industrial aspects of E.DSO representation role and Project development in smart grids related technologies. He also represents E.DSO in specialised platforms and working groups where the Association is active. Since 2003 he has hold different management roles in Iberdrola Distribution in Business Development and since 2011 running the electrical network in north Madrid with responsibilities over 400.000 customers. He holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M, and graduate studies in Gas Distribution and Urban Planning from the Universidad Jaime I de Castellon (Spain).
Saurabh Gupta is Team Leader, USAID SPARC Program and a Director with the Power & Utilities practice at KPMG in India. He is a smart grid expert, who has led various power sector transformational projects across South Asia. He has over 13 years of experience of working in the energy sector, with specialization in smart grid, renewable energy and policy & regulatory reforms. He has significant experience working in developing countries in areas of energy access and clean energy.
Narayana Birakayala is the Capture Business Development Lead in India and has been with AISPL since October 2016. Narayana comes with nineteen years of industry experience including ~10 years working as Senior General Manager at National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) where he advised state and central governments including Ministry of Home Affairs (CCTNS), Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA21) and Ministry of Defence (Army Ordnance Corps - AOC) on various technology transformation programs. He has also worked with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to create the cloud empanelment framework for Cloud Service Providers (CSP). He has a MBA, IIM Ahmedabad, 2006-07; MS, University of Akron, Ohio 1997-99 and B. Tech, Osmania University, India 1993-97.
Reena Suri joined India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), a PPP initiative of Govt of India, in 2013 and is currently the Executive Director of ISGF. She brings over 20 years of experience in the Energy Sector. She is responsible for the research projects, advisory services, business development, training and capacity building programs, customer outreach activities, members relations and finances of ISGF. Reena has contributed to the various advisory services, whitepapers and research reports of ISGF on key Smart Grid domains such as: Smart Grid Roadmaps for Indian, SAARC and ASEAN Utilities; Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure; Blockchain for Electric Utilities; Energy Storage; Smart Metering Infrastructure; Customer Engagement etc.
is a Program Director, USAID SPARC Program and a Partner with the Power & Utilities practice at KPMG in India. He has over 16 years of experience working across South Asia region, on projects with leading donor agencies, public and private sector entities on range of issues in the power sector. He has worked extensively on policy & regulatory reforms, utility process improvement, smart grids, corporate planning & governance processes, institutional capacity development and people management, etc.
Mili is Managing Director of Green Business Certification Institute Pvt Ltd, India and Senior Vice President, USGBC. In her current role Mili is responsible for technical adaptation and customization of the portfolio of rating systems of GBCI for the Asia Pacific region. She is also responsible for customer coordination, education, training, and developing market mechanisms for adoption of the tools and rating systems for the region. Most recently, she was leading a group of 50 professionals (pan India) to steer several aspects of sustainable habitat ranging from policy analysis and development, providing technical assistance to various clients in designing and implementing green buildings, enabling energy efficiency retrofits in existing buildings, evaluating financial viability of green building projects, providing technical inputs to various market players to understand, and catering to the needs of Indian green building markets, developing, and delivering training to diverse group of stakeholders. She has developed a new portfolio of project on design and viable business models for climate resilient housing. As the Senior Director for the Division, her role also included guidance on macro issue related to resilience planning of cities and urban transportation. She has guided a smart city planning process under India’s smart city program.
Sumit has been a solution evangelist for Smart Grid, Renewable Energy and Power Management in past. He brings in over 20 years of industry experience spanning over Domain of Energy & Utility, currently provide direction to Assetplus consulting as Founder and CEO, a start-up, focusing on strategic decision-making support to Utilities. Within Power , Renewable Sector, Oil & Gas, Water, Infra Sumit has created offering addressing the core areas like Energy Forensic analysis controlling power revenue assurance and theft, Load forecasting & Power procurement solution, Demand Response for distribution utilities and Energy Sales on ABT regime , landing cost analysis for bilateral contracts , UI analysis , maintenance mgmt, operation mgmt on fuel cost mgmt, auxiliary mgmt , controlling coal GCV and SHR for the generation utilities and Energy Analysis for Renewables.Sumit has been associated with AT Kearney, PricewaterhouseCoopers in the past.
• BE in Material Science and Metallurgy (NIT, Rourkela)
• Post Graduation in Supply Chain Management (IMT, Ghaziabad) and
• Advanced Management Program in Strategy & Leadership from Harvard University.
Mr. M.B Rajesh Gowda, IAS is presently working as Managing Director, BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company) from 06.09.2019 to till date. The posts held by him prior to his present posts are: Assistant Commissioner, Doddaballapura Sub-Division – 02.07.2007 to 07.07.2008Land Acquisition Office, Bangalore Development Authority Additional Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Rural District – 19.09.2011 to 26.08.2013Managing Director, Karnataka State Warehousing Corporation – 06.09.2013 to 24.06.2016Secretary, Karnataka Housing Board – 06.07.2016 to 04.10.2017Director, Department of Agricultural Marketing and Managing Director, Karnataka State Agricultural Marketing Board – 04.10.2017 to 06.09.2019, He has done his B.E in Civil Engineering from Dayanand Sagar College, Bengaluru.
AP Singh is the CISO at UPPCL. He has 12+ years of experience in the Indian electricity distribution company. He holds deep understanding of IT Audit and Project management. He is commitment to work with integrity and ethics. He leads a large team of IT professionals having cross functional skills effectively and efficiently.
An experienced industry professional with over two decades of international experience in business, financial, regulatory/policy, operations and technology aspects of the energy and utility sector, Anant Venkateswaran serves on several technical, standards, advisory and tutorial committees and is a teacher, presenter, panellist, moderator and speaker at international venues including Distributech, ISGW, IEEE and CIGRE. Anant has worked with utilities and energy companies across the globe advising them through visioning, strategy, business cases, architectures and deployment. Working across the globe, he has managed major technology investments and advised clients from visioning to validation. A senior member of the team accountable for strategy, trusted advisory/ consultative, thought leadership and partnerships, Anant has worked both in the traditional aspects of the grid as well new and emerging areas of AMI, Grid-Edge, Protection and Control, Enterprise Solutions, Big Data, IoT, Cloud Computing and Smart Energy. Anant is successfully conducting ISGF Masterclass Series since 2017 as part of India Smart Utility Week. Anant has worked with several industrial, utility & Govt customers globally. He is based in Denver, Colorado in the USA.
A Post Graduate in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Shri P.K. Pujari joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the premier civil service of India in 1981 and was allotted Gujarat cadre. During his career, he handled assignments in various departments/ministries in Gujarat as well as Central Government, such as power, commercial taxes, finance and industries. He was Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Power for more than two years before his superannuation in 2017, after serving for 36 years. Some of the key assignments in the field of finance and industries were (i) financial resource forecast, expenditure planning, annual budget preparation, debt and guarantee management; (ii) transition from sales tax to value addition tax (VAT), administration of commercial taxes by simplifying processes and making it enabled; and (iii) Setting up and marketing industrial estates and special economic zones. He worked in the power sector for more than seven years, as Director and Secretary. As Director he was involved in developing policy framework for participation of private power utilities in generation and distribution. During his tenure as Secretary (2015-17), maximum generation capacity and inter-state transmission capacity was added in the country, resulting in one nation - one grid - one price. As Secretary, he initiated and concluded a number of far-reaching initiatives and policy changes. These include electrification of all the remaining 18,452 villages (as on 1.4.2015), launching of "UDAY" for sustainable operational and financial turnaround of discoms, revised Tariff Policy 2016, new coal linkage policy for power plants, revised National Electricity Plan, XIX electricity power survey, revised- bid documents for UMPPs, revised power allocation formula for states from cg stations, formulation of new hydro-power policy, formulation of the new policy for universal households electrification by 2019, policy guidelines for integration of renewable energy into the grid, revised rules for captive generators, finalisation of the report for rationalisation of tariff structure and tariff categories. During his tenure, the guidelines for cross border trade of power with neighbouring countries got finalised.
Since 2014, I was in charge of origination, scouting and screening of distribution and transmission business opportunities worldwide, both for new market entry and growth, as well as of M&A deal execution and management. In almost 30 years within Enel Group, working in Latin America, Spain and Italy, I have built a strong and multi-functional background, being responsible for coordinating strong and multi- functional teams within areas reaching from regulatory and antitrust affairs, or energy management, up to analysis and business development. My expertise covers all the energy value chain: from generation to transmission, power interconnectors, distribution and retail markets. I'm a Civil, Industrial and Electric Engineer (Universidad Pontificia Catolica de Chile), and I hold a Master in Business Management (Universidad Navarra, Spain). Alongside my management career, I have taught Regulation and Energy Management as professor in many Universities and Business schools for almost 15 years.
Brajesh Kumar, 51 yrs, has started his carrier in 1994 after completing his MBA with Hindalco Industries Limited, an Aditya Birla Group Company as Management Trainee in Sales. He is having a work experience of 26 years in various sectors. Before Joining BSES Yamuna Power, he has worked in Hindalco Industries Limited (in commodity as well as consumer products), Sterlite Industries Limited, Jindal Steel & Power Limited & Reliance Communication Limited at various levels.He is associated with BSES Yamuna Power Limited since 2009 and he worked in CEO Cell, Circle Business, Customer Care, New Connection Department Demand Side Management, Non-Tariff Income, Corporate Affairs, Enforcement and is presently working as Head – Business in BSES Yamuna Power Limited.BSES Yamuna Power Limited is a Joint Venture Company with 51% stake owned by Reliance Infrastructure Limited & 49% by Govt. of NCT Delhi, catering the power supply demand of 1.7 million consumers.